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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.26.2013 / 10:49 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

McGinn added to Flyers' top line

With Danny Briere out indefinitely with a concussion, the Philadelphia Flyers have juggled their lines again heading into their game Tuesday against the New York Rangers (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN) in hope of finding a spark to ignite their fading Stanley Cup Playoff hopes.

At the team's morning skate Tuesday, rookie Tye McGinn -- called up to replace Briere -- skated on the team's top line, along with Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek.

Besides Briere, defenseman Nicklas Grossmann was not on the ice Tuesday. He is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury sustained in practice last week, but is unlikely to play Tuesday. He also sat out the Flyers' game Sunday at the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.25.2013 / 3:49 PM

By Curtis Zupke -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Dvorak relishing chance to return to NHL with Ducks

ANAHEIM -- After Radek Dvorak couldn't continue his 17-year career in the National Hockey League, he went to Switzerland. But he said that "deep in my mind and my soul I was hoping if I come back, maybe I can get another shot, and it happened."

Dvorak, who turned 36 this month, not only signed a one-year, $675,000 pro-rated contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday but he cleared waivers Monday to join a Stanley Cup-contending team. The veteran wing is sixth on the active games played list at 1,191, but he has not played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since the 2005-06 season.

"I'm so glad it was Anaheim," Dvorak said. "It's nice to be back in the NHL. It was tough for me to leave after 17 years in the League, but that's how it is. That's life. But like I said, it's nice to be back with a team like Anaheim -- one of the best teams in the League. I'm very glad and I'm very happy."


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POSTED ON Monday, 03.25.2013 / 3:14 PM

By Jerry Brown -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Smith out, LaBarbera starts Monday for Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If the Phoenix Coyotes are going to snap a season-long five-game losing streak and beat the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, they will have to do it without their No. 1 goaltender.

Mike Smith was not on the ice for Monday's morning stake and hasn't been on the ice since being run by Vancouver's Alexander Edler in the second period of Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Canucks. Jason LaBarbera will make only his second start since Jan. 26, and he steps in at a big moment -- with the Coyotes fading in the Western Conference playoff race, having collected just one point in the last 12 days.


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POSTED ON Monday, 03.25.2013 / 2:14 PM

By Steve Hunt -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Stars set to start post-Morrow era against Wild

DALLAS -- The Minnesota Wild enter Dallas for Monday night's game having won five in a row to run their record to 8-3-2 in March.

On Sunday, the Wild recalled center Jake Dowell, who played 52 games for Dallas last season, and goaltender Darcy Kuemper from Houston of the American Hockey League. Wing Jason Zucker and goaltender Matt Hackett headed to the AHL for the Wild.

The Stars, meanwhile, will be playing their first game without captain Brenden Morrow, traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday for defenseman Joe Morrow and a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. Morrow had been their longest-tenured player, being with the club for the last 14 seasons.

The Stars kicked off a season-long five-game homestand on Saturday night by beating the Colorado Avalanche, 5-2 at American Airlines Center. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan shuffled his lines a bit, putting Eric Nystrom on his top line alongside Jamie Benn and Jaromir Jagr and it worked. Nystrom had a goal and an assist, Benn turned in a three-point performance and Jagr added a goal and an assist.

Here are the projected lineups for Monday night's game between the Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.


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POSTED ON Monday, 03.25.2013 / 1:53 PM

By John Manasso -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Nugent-Hopkins back for Oilers, to skate with Yakupov

NASHVILLE -- After missing two games with strep throat, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will return to the lineup for the Edmonton Oilers on Monday when they visit the Nashville Predators and it looks like he will have new linemates.

"Feeling strong and feeling like my energy's back," Nugent-Hopkins said.

Nugent-Hopkins centered a line during the morning skate with Nail Yakupov and Ryan Smith. Edmonton coach Ralph Krueger said the combination was in part an effort to get Yakupov going.


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POSTED ON Monday, 03.25.2013 / 12:59 PM

By Brian Hedger -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Blackhawks without Hossa for second straight

CHICAGO -- When the Chicago Blackhawks host the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Monday night at United Center (8:30 p.m. ET), they will still be without star right winger Marian Hossa.

Hossa and star left winger Patrick Sharp are both out with upper-body injuries believed to be shoulder related, but the good news for Chicago is that center Andrew Shaw (flu) -- who didn't participate in the team's morning skate -- will play against the Kings.


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POSTED ON Monday, 03.25.2013 / 12:36 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Maple Leafs, Bruins

BOSTON -- It was a contrast in approaches Monday morning, as the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs prepared for their evening showdown.

After a lengthy practice Sunday, the Bruins decided to scrap their morning skate. Meanwhile, the Leafs took the ice for a hard-working session.

Toronto snapped its eight-game losing streak against the Bruins on Saturday.

Michael Kostka is expected to replace the injured John-Michael Liles in the Maple Leafs' lineup. The Bruins could use the juggled forward lines they used during Sunday's practice. Expect the goaltending matchup to feature Tuukka Rask for Boston and Toronto's James Reimer.

Here's a look at the complete lineup for both squads:


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POSTED ON Monday, 03.25.2013 / 12:28 PM

By John Manasso -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Predators could get Hornqvist back vs. Oilers

NASHVILLE -- Slowly but surely the Nashville Predators are regaining their health.

On Monday, right wing Patric Hornqvist, the team's top goal scorer in two of the three previous seasons, could return to the lineup when Nashville hosts the Edmonton Oilers.

Nashville coach Barry Trotz said he would speak to Hornqvist after the skate but that he that Hornqvist had a "good chance" of playing. Hornqvist said, "If he wants me, I'm ready to go."

Hornqvist has missed the last eight games with an upper body injury. His last game was on March 8 against these very same Oilers. Overall, he has missed 18 games this season with various injuries.

If Hornqvist does play, Nashville will have to make a roster move.


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POSTED ON Monday, 03.25.2013 / 12:24 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Anderson 'progressing' for Senators

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, who has missed the last 14 games with a high ankle sprain, took shots on net for the first time at practice on Monday morning. Coach Paul MacLean said that Anderson is "progressing" but did not offer any timeline for his return.

Here's how the lineups project for Monday night's game between the Senators and New Jersey Devils:


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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 4:38 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Noel understands situation facing Lightning coaches

WINNIPEG -- When Daniel Lacroix, Martin Raymond and Steve Thomas assume interim coaching duties for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets, they will find a kindred spirit in the coach standing behind the Winnipeg bench.

The trio will serve as Tampa Bay's interim coaches while Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman searches for a full-time replacement for Guy Boucher, who was fired late Saturday night.

Jets coach Claude Noel replaced Ken Hitchcock with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2009-10 season. Noel, an assistant coach on Hitchcock's staff, took over Feb. 3, 2010 and finished the season with a 10-8-6 record. The Blue Jackets did not retain Noel after the season.

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